The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) has held a health screening exercise for commercial vehicle drivers in Accra.
The exercise which formed part of activities lined up for GIFEC’s tenth anniversary celebration, too place around the bus station in Labadi, Accra on May 25.
Michael Adjei-Takyi, Technical Manager at GIFEC added that the exercise was the institutions’ Corporate Social Responsibility towards the community in which they are based.
According to him, the decision to choose commercial drivers as beneficiaries of the health screening exercise, was necessitated by the importance of the role they play in society and the need for them to stay healthy in carrying out their jobs.
Volunteer health workers from various medical facilities took about 300 drivers through general health check ups and prescribed necessary medication for them, with some being referred to medical centers.
A volunteer health worker, Dr. Amekah revealed that the exercise was very timely for some of the drivers that were screened, as their conditions required prompt attention.
One of the beneficiaries told westafrikansource.com that the nature of their work as drivers makes it difficult for them to do regular check ups despite the number of health risks that they get exposed to, hence it was a commendable step taken by GIFEC to organize the health screening particular for them.
Dr. Amekah encouraged workers in the country to undergo periodic health check ups to avert sudden undesirable medical situations.
Written by Clifford Frimpong